St Margarets Circular walk
Quiet rolling Hertfordshire countryside, a haunted, ruined church and long stretches in scenic river valleys.
|Length||24.1 km (15.0 miles), with 258m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||4 out of 10, with 5 hours 15 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.|
This walk leads along ancient tracks and green lanes through some very quiet, rolling East Hertfordshire countryside defined by wheat fields and woods, in-between extensive stretches along the Ash, Rib and Lea rivers. Cold Christmas hamlet and a haunted, ruined church are passed just before lunch in Wadesmill.
Stile Count: 3; Arable Field Crossings: 330 metres.
Outbound and return route are never far from each other, sometimes as little as 150 metres. See the route map for some obvious and easy-to-follow shortcuts.
An Extension from Wadesmill adds 1.6 km (1.0 mi) and 12m ascent/descent (5/10).
Buses to Ware or Hertford train stations (one or two stops further from London on the same line) are available from the lunch pubs in Wadesmill (line 331; hourly Mon-Sat) and Wareside (lines M3 and M4; with 2 buses in the afternoon, Mon-Sat).
|Maps||OS Landranger: 166 (Luton & Hertford) and 167 (Chelmsford, only for a very tiny part)
OS Explorer: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford)
|Travel||St. Margarets Station is on the Liverpool Street to Hertford East line (and within the Oyster Pay As You Go-area) with a half-hourly service, journey time 39 minutes (41 on Sundays). Trains stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Buy a return to St. Margarets (Herts).
Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train closest to 9.45 hours, if walking the full walk, and the one closest to 10.15 hours for the shortest version.
The Jolly Fisherman 8 Station Road, Stanstead St. Margarets, Ware, Herts, SG12 8DH (01920 870 125). A McMullen’s pub with outdoor seating by the Lea Navigation.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk